by Lance Turner
Posted 2/11/2019 10:31 am
Updated 4 days ago
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders are set to unveil a plan to raise money for Arkansas' highways.
The leaders are scheduled to talk about their plan at a news conference that begins at 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. They have said that coming up with a highway funding plan is a priority for this year's session.
The plan comes are Hutchinson's tax cut plan, already approved in the Senate, begins working its way through the House. Some legislators have criticized the plan and wanted highways to take precedence. Others have said it's necessary to approve the tax plan before working on the highway bill.
At least one lawmaker has already proposed a highway plan. Republican Rep. Dan Douglas filed a bill late last month that would dip into tax revenue from car sales and impose a new tax on motor fuels to raise money for highways maintenance. Douglas said at the time that he hoped the bill would start the conversation on highway funding.
Arkansas highway officials have said Arkansas needs up to $478 million to adequately maintain current roads and bridges and keep up with future needs. Hutchinson said before the start of the legislative session that he'd like to see a highway plan worth at least $200 million.
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